Lap of Luxury
Pools with glass inserts are perfect for small courtyards. And though they must be custom-made (and cost a small fortune), there's no denying their jaw-dropping visual impact.poolandspa.com
The Right Finishing Touches
Just as the right accessories can make an outfit, the right outdoor furniture and hardscaping can upgrade the look of an above-ground pool. Here, the pool's wooden surround is visually of a piece with the ladder and patio chairs. And to ease the transition from the grassy yard, the edges of the simple wood deck are fringed by low plants.archiexpo.com
A Step Up
Its freeform shape and custom bluestone steps transform this above-ground pool into something quite extraordinary. The steps do triple duty: While covering the surround, they allow entry from any point along the perimeter and provide generous space for bathers to sit near the water.aquamagazine.com
On the Fence
Thoughtfully installed decking around the back half of this pool allows it to function like an in-ground design. The focal point of the landscaping is a dramatic rock retaining wall planted with palms, and a wood-plank surround that matches the deck yields a cohesive look.
An above-ground "endless" lap pool, functioning like a treadmill but for swimming, enables the homeowners to get plenty of exercise, even in their relatively small yard. The pool's edge is lined with stained wooden boards for lounging after a workout, and checkerboard-pattern pavers add to the design's pleasing geometric style.
For more on swimming pools, check out:
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